President Obama with children at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in June 2014
Published November 12, 2016
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, who throughout his presidency has attempted to correct the ills of the past towards this continent’s first people, is now set to approve the easement in the Missouri River.
This approval will be over the objection of over 200 American Indian tribes across Indian Country that stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Thousands of American Indians from throughout Indian Country have traveled to support the water protectors who have camped near Cannon Ball, North Dakota near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Politico is reporting President Barack Obama will approve the easement for the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation as soon as Monday, according to sources close to administration.
This action will surely impact Obama’s legacy among American Indians. The water protectors have been there since April 1, 2016 when 50 American Indians set up camp to pray that the pipeline does not go through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s ancestral land and waterway. Water protectors have faced mace. vicious dogs and arrest for their fighting the pipeline.
There will a nationwide day of support for Standing Rock on Tuesday in cities across the country.
Given climate of the country since Donald Trump gained enough electoral college votes to be then 45th president of the United States, some officials are worried violence may break out across the country after Obama makes his announcement.
Obama, who visited the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in June 2014, appears to falling in line with Trump’s pro-oil stance he has made. He reportedly has money invested the company building the pipeline.